NI: Fewer parking tickets issued annually as Hazzard considers sliding scale for offences

Chris Hazzard

The number of parking tickets issued annually in Northern Ireland is declining, the Assembly has heard.

In 2015, 110,00 fines were issued – about 300 a day. However, this total is a drop of more than 50,000 on 2007’s peak figure, the Belfast Telegraph reports.

Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard said: “The number of penalty charge notices issued has fallen from an all-time high of 163,000 in 2007 to 110,000 in 2015, despite the number of vehicles rising in that same period by up to 5 per cent.”

He will now consider a sliding scale of fines for different parking offences after a vote urged him to look again at the flat £90 fine.

However, Mr Hazzard dismissed suggestions of a significant reduction, to £15.

He said: “If we reduced it to that, I would be very worried at the impact it might have on urban clearways and main arterial routes.”

Mr Hazzard added that he would consider different fines for different offences, saying: “Parking two or three inches outside a parking bay should not carry the same weight as blocking a main arterial route into the city. I am more than happy to look at that.”

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